What is the source of authority in your life? When I was a child it was my parents. In school it would be my teacher or the principal. As we get older and more independent it gets harder to point out dependable reference points. This verse is warning us to have the right compass in our life.
The danger is stated in the second part of the verse. A “fool” (3684) looks to the “ends” (7097) of the “earth” (776). This reminds me that so many people have their eyes focused on what society and culture say and in the process get everything wrong. I got a dose of the worlds priorities the other day when I was getting a haircut. I had an appointment so I didn’t bring a book. Unfortunately my idea of being on time was different than the lady cutting my hair. I found myself waiting. In desperation I picked up a copy of the National Enquirer that was laying on a table. I have seen this “magazine” on the checkout stands for years but I have never done more than laugh at the cover. Looking through the contents showed me why so much of our population has a mind of mush. The insipid drivel inside was beyond description.
If we try to direct our lives by the opinions of others we are looking at the ends of the earth. We are supposed to be focusing on what Proverbs describes as “wisdom” (2451). This wisdom is based on a healthy fear of the Lord which is based on a knowledge of His word and is brought to life through knowing His son. Again we are reminded of the choice before us. Will we be wise or fools? Will we base our values on the eternal God or the temporary world?
So make the decision. Actually it is a daily, sometime moment by moment, decision. I don’t know about you but I am constantly being pressured to do it the way everyone else does it. No that is wrong. I do know about you. The world is out to get us to conform. Perhaps a good place to close is with a very familiar bit of scripture:
(Romans 12:2 KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.